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  1. Super Bowl Wrap-up: What Was Pete Carroll Thinking?

    Bill Barnwell

    We'll never understand it. I can explain some of the logic behind Seattle's now infamous second-and-goal play call. I can show you why Russell Wilson threw the pass. I can point out why it might not have been quite as awful a decision as it...

    Blog | February 02, 2015
  2. Finally, a Definitive Super Bowl Breakdown

    Bill Barnwell

    The Patriots and Seahawks aren't built for one another. These are two teams built around dominant secondaries that were designed to target other opponents. These are defenses built to stop the Broncos, Colts, and Packers, teams with terrify...

    Blog | January 29, 2015
  3. The Championship Belt: NFL Defense Edition

    Bill Barnwell

    The Seattle Seahawks defense needs no introduction. As a group, it's accomplished just about everything a band of elite defensive players can be expected to do together. They've led the league in scoring defense. They've put together a...

    Blog | January 27, 2015
  4. Method to the Madness: How Belichick Rules the Draft

    Bill Barnwell

    "Bill Belichick is smart, but sometimes he succeeds just by aiding other teams' efforts to be stupid." I've said that about Belichick a few times now, and while I wasn't aware of his scientific credentials at the time, he&#03...

    Blog | January 26, 2015
  5. ‘You Mad, Bro?’ Revisited: What We Can Learn From the...

    Bill Barnwell

    If the last game between the Patriots and Seahawks wasn't the moment when we all realized Seattle was a force to be reckoned with, it wasn't far off. Seattle's 24-23 win over New England in October 2012 didn't perfectly kick off a...

    Blog | January 23, 2015
  6. 2014 NFL Preseason Predictions Revisited

    Bill Barnwell

    With the lull between reviewing the conference championships and previewing the Super Bowl upon us, this is a good time to take a look at the season that's just finished up. I've already noted my preseason bets, and on our podcast on Friday...

    Blog | January 22, 2015
  7. NFL Playoffs Postmortem: What’s Next for the Eliminated Tea...

    Bill Barnwell

    After the wild-card round, I went through the four teams that had been eliminated from the playoffs and gave a synopsis of the offseason they were each about to face. For all the joy that had come with those teams making the playoffs, all it...

    Blog | January 20, 2015
  8. NFL Conference Championship Wrap-up: See You in Arizona

    Bill Barnwell

    Seattle's comeback victory over Green Bay on Sunday afternoon in the NFC Championship Game is why we watch football. It's why we care about training camp cuts and mock drafts and advanced metrics, why we slog our way through preseason play-...

    Blog | January 19, 2015
  9. NFC Championship Preview: Packers vs. Seahawks

    Bill Barnwell

    The Seattle Seahawks hosted the Green Bay Packers 134 days ago in the game that kicked off the NFL season. It feels closer to 134 months ago. That was before the second Ray Rice tape hit TMZ, before Adrian Peterson's arrest, and before Roger Goo...

    Blog | January 16, 2015
  10. AFC Championship Preview: Colts vs. Patriots

    Bill Barnwell

    The Indianapolis Colts are probably awfully sick of proving themselves by now. After they opened as six-point favorites at home against the Bengals in the wild-card round, the line shifted against Indy and moved all the way to three before bettors be...

    Blog | January 15, 2015
  11. Divisional Wrap-up: A Crop of Classics

    Bill Barnwell

    Somewhere between a league icon possibly retiring, a wildly controversial call deciding a game, and a quasi-illegal formation run rampant, the divisional round delivered an engrossing set of games this weekend. While there's plenty to talk about...

    Blog | January 12, 2015
  12. NFL Divisional Preview: Sunday Edition

    Bill Barnwell

    The lead-up to Sunday's playoff games is dominated by a pair of injured quarterbacks. In Green Bay, there's Aaron Rodgers, whose calf ailment appeared in Week 16 before biting down hard in the North-clinching win against the Lions. While Ro...

    Blog | January 09, 2015
  13. NFL Divisional Preview: Saturday Edition

    Bill Barnwell

    Two full days of NFL playoff action are on the schedule, so let's break them down. Tomorrow, we'll take on the two Sunday games; today, let's look at Saturday's matchups. You'll have to look hard to find somebody who thinks ...

    Blog | January 08, 2015
  14. Picking Up the Wild-Card Pieces

    Bill Barnwell

    After 20 teams saw their NFL seasons end after Week 17, four more teams made their way into the discard pile this weekend. Arizona, Cincinnati, Detroit, and Pittsburgh each has to make the difficult transition from playoff contender to uninvolved bys...

    Blog | January 06, 2015
  15. Wild-Card Wrap-up: A Flag on the Play

    Bill Barnwell

    The most memorable moment of this weekend's playoff games, frustratingly, was also its most inexplicable. The bizarre decision by the officiating crew in the Dallas-Detroit game to overturn a pass interference call on Anthony Hitchens that would...

    Blog | January 05, 2015
  16. Together We Make Playoffs: The 2015 NFL Wild-Card Preview

    Bill Barnwell

    The first week of professional football in 2015 brings us a wild-card weekend less familiar than it might seem. As traditional as it feels to see the likes of the Bengals and Colts alongside a Ravens-Steelers tilt in the playoffs, just three of the e...

    Blog | January 02, 2015